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Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-19

Christ: The Head of the Church


1.   Eph. 1:20-23: Head: “metaph. anything supreme, chief, prominent.” (Thayer)

2.   Christians are the church, the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27).

3.   Affects how we live and whether we are saved, Col. 3:17.


I.    IT HAD BEEN PREDICTED, Psa. 118:21-24.

   A.  Would be (was) Rejected by Men, 118:22 (Acts 4:11); Matt. 21:33-45.

      1.   Salvation is only in Him, Acts 4:12.

      2.   Will you reject Him?

   B.  God made Him the Chief Cornerstone, Psa. 118:23.

      1.   His resurrection from the dead proclaims it, Rom. 1:4.

      2.   Built His church upon the foundation that He is the Son of God, Matt. 16:18 (1 Cor. 3:11).


II.  HE WAS APPOINTED BY GOD, Heb. 1:2; Eph. 1:20-22.

   A.  Crowned with Glory and Honor, Heb. 2:5-9.

   B.  Who Has Appointed… the pope? (College of Cardinals) …the king/queen of England?  (Self) …Mormon prophet?  (Their “apostles”)…

   C.  Christ is not the Head over Denominations; He is Head over His Church (the saved ones).

      1.   His body, His fullness – The head, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18.

      2.   Saved ones (2:38, 41) compose His church, Acts 2:47.


III. HE HAS AUTHORITY IN ALL THINGS, Col. 1:18 (1 Cor. 11:3).

   A.  Authority over all Men, Matt. 28:18.

   B.  Authority in the Salvation of Men, 1 Tim. 4:10; Mk. 16:15-16.

         (Plan of salvation)

   C.  Authority in Doctrine, Jno. 8:32; 12:48; Heb. 12:25 (1:2).

      1.   Inspired scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Jno. 9.

      2.   Apostolic teaching, 1 Jno. 4:1, 6 (Acts 2:42).

      3.   Perverters of truth not “holding fast” the Head! Col. 2:18-19

   D.  Authority in Matters of Morality, Jno. 8:12; Eph. 5:1-7; 1 Pet. 4:1-3.



   A.  Commissioned His Apostles, Jno. 20:21; Matt. 28:19-20.

   B.  Has Given Gifts to Men, Eph. 4:8, 11-12.

   C.  He Saves the Body (His Church), Eph. 5:23, 25-27; Acts 20:28.



1.   Will we truly honor Christ as Head of His church by:

   a.   Becoming a member of His church? (1 Cor. 12:13)

   b.  By being a faithful, devoted member of His church? (Eph. 4:16)

   c.   By doing all things in our lives by the authority (word) of Christ?

2.   Do not call Him “Lord” if you are not doing what He says. Lk. 6:46